Travelocity is committed to making a difference with their travel for good program. As they put it, “With Travelocity, you can help make the world a better place through travel. We believe the world is a global community where individuals rely on one another. We know the gift of travel comes with responsibility, and we’re committed to making the world a better place, one trip at a time,”
Travelocity has two different initiatives to accomplish their goal of a better world – Green Travel and Voluntourism. For their greening of the globe, they highlight their multitude of eco-friendly hotels, as well as offer hybrid cars and carbon offsets. To have a more local impact, Travelocity offers a unique program that supports travelers who volunteer at their destination. Each quarter Travelocity awards a $5000 volunteer vacation grant to a globetrotter who demonstrates their passion for volunteering and travel. For normal travelers who want to give back to the place they’re visiting, Travelocity can also help identify top volunteer organizations.
The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation is a family support organization which exists to ensure the early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, promote reseach into the causes and manifestations of the syndrome, and help people with a diagnosis of CdLS, and others with similar characteristics, make informed decisions throughout their lifetime.
The CdLS Foundation supports families across the country dealing with CdLS. Their Family Service Coordinators speak with families nationwide and help them find the services they may need, including connecting them with medical, health and educational professionals. They connect families with others near them who also deal with CdLS. An estimated 20,000 people in the U.S. have CdLS but remain undiagnosed and/or without support services. Individuals affected with CdLS range from mild to severe. Most have similar physical characteristics including thin eyebrows that meet in the middle; long eyelashes; upturned nose; and thin, downturned lips. Some individuals have limb differences and common medical problems include GERD, bowel obstruction, hearing loss, and congenital heart defects.
The CdLS Foundation was founded in 1977, when two mothers of children with CdLS found each other and decided to reach out to anyone in the same position. It has existed as a support group ever since, growing larger each year. They now have a biennial national conference, numerous family gatherings across the country, multidisciplinary clinics twice a year, and extensive involvement in research.
With just over 400 iGive supporters, CdLS Foundation has earned over $4,000 via their iGive partnership since 1999.
Sherri C. raised $288.17 for her cause, the Houston chapter of Greyhound Pets of America!
Juliet – Greyhound of the Month
Greyhound Pets of America Inc. (GPA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding responsible loving homes for Greyhounds. The Houston chapter operates out of the Best Friends Pet Care in the Galleria area of Houston. Their network of 500 volunteers across the Houston area is constantly working to find homes for Greyhounds.
As a reward for her efforts, Sherri will receive a $150 gift card to REI.
BonTon participates annually in a program called Community Days. Community Days is a fun, rewarding event designed for schools and non-profits to fund raise and increase their visibility in the community. BonTon, along with their fellow participating merchants, provides the volunteers and representatives from the various organizations with coupon booklets to sell. Each BonTon booklet contains a $10 coupon good on almost any merchandise item of $10 or more (customers spend $5 for the booklet and get $10 back on their first purchase!), a 25% off shopping pass, a 30% off early bird coupon, plus great bonus offers – available on Community Days only. Community Day was founded in 1999, and since then has raised over $100 million for various organizations.
Your next chance to participate is coming up quickly – November 15th and November 16th; stores open early, and stay open late! See site for a location near you.
*note: in-store purchases for this program will NOT earn a Donation for your Cause via iGive
iGive Cause Hunter Hospitality House provides a free, welcoming, relaxing home away from home, steps away from Port Huron Hospital (MI), for those in need of restoration while their loved ones are patients. Its vision is to promote bonding between mothers and infants while the infants are in special care and to ease the suffering for families of seriously ill patients.
Jeff and Tracy Willard opened Hunter Hospitality House on the twentieth anniversary of their son Hunter Eldon’s birth. Hunter was born 2 months prematurely, and lived just 16 days. His little life was spent in and out of the hospital while Jeff and Tracy experienced the exhaustion of having a loved one in the hospital. HHH guests receive the opportunity to nap, shower, do laundry and eat a healthy meal, directly across the street from their hospitalized family member.
Tina M. has raised $417.16 for her cause, the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue!
A MWCR collie at Halloween
The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue is dedicated to finding forever homes for all collies that come to them and caring for collies that may otherwise not be able to find their forever home. They have volunteers and foster homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and have placed collies in homes as far away as New York, Texas, California, and Canada.
As a reward, Tina will receive a $150 gift certificate from giftcertificates.com.
Paula’s Choice is firmly committed to giving their customer the best – whether it’s with their product or a different brand. That integrity is carried through in Paula’s Choice’s environmental commitment, stance against animal testing, and community involvement. Paula’s Choice recently became a certified member of the Leaping Bunny Program; eliminating all animal testing from the company and its suppliers.
To make a difference in their community, Paula’s Choice supports many different causes, from Dress for Success Seattle to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Through their support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Paula’s Choice is supporting women all over the world in the fight against breast cancer.
To find more merchants that are supporting the fight against breast cancer through Breast Cancer Awareness month, check out our Think Pink category.
One in one hundred babies are born each year with congenital heart defects. The children who are fortunate enough to survive must undergo various and difficult procedures, including open heart surgeries, blood transfusions, and even transplants. Mended Little Hearts of Binghamton is there to provide support to families with children born with congenital defects and help them through the tough times.
Mended Little Hearts of Binghamton raises awareness of congenital heart defects – the most common form of birth defect – and raises funds to go towards research on the issue. A child born with a heart defect has the potential to lead a normal life if given the proper medical treatment, and Mended Little Hearts works to meet that goal.
This month’s super shopper is Stori W.! Stori raised $129 for her cause, Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry.
Reece’s Rainbow advocates and finds familes for orhpans with Down syndrome and other special needs. Founded in 2004 as an outreach program for new families with Down syndrome, Reece’s Rainbow has helped more than 900 children find their forever homes.
As a reward for her efforts, Stori will recieve a $150 gift card from new iGive partner store, Uncorked.
Diamond Nexus creates eco-friendly, conflict-free diamonds and jewelry. Diamond Nexus also supports various educational initiatives around Milwaukee, with plans to expand that support to the Chicagoland area. Their most recent fundraising effort raised money for a Summer Youth Program for the students of Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy. A packed event at The Hamilton in Milwaukee, Diamonds in the Rough, led to over $3500 raised for the programs this summer.
Diamond Nexus CEO, Gary LaCourt with Edward Deshazer and other members of the GHTCA Administration
Diamond Nexus’s environmental focus runs deep – from the creation of diamonds in laboratories to avoid mining and its problems, to using recycled gold, Diamond Nexus puts Mother Earth first. They also ensure labor standards are high, with all their lab workers based in the US.